The Legal Beat
Oh Snap! A Bunch Of LSAT Scores Were Lost.
Posted on Monday August 03, 2020
This stinks. Taking the LSAT is a stressful endeavor, add in a raging pandemic and it goes to really crappy. And it isn’t something you’d want to do more than once — assuming you notch a score you’re content with. Unfortunately, ~140 poor souls who recently took the at-home LSAT-Flex are going to have to do just that.
As reported by Law.com, there was a technical glitch in the July administration of the test that caused scores for ~1 percent of the 14,000 exams to be lost. The Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), the group that administers the LSAT, says they’re still working on recovering the scores:
“We have tried multiple ways to recover the answers and are continuing to investigate the issue in hopes that we can recover answers and provide scores for at least some of the affected candidates,” reads a prepared statement from the council.
And some of the impacted candidates (fortunately only about 25) needed those scores for fall admissions:
“It appears that about 25 of those affected test takers had applied for admission this fall, and so we will work with them and the schools to which they’ve applied to ensure the schools are aware of this situation and will provide as much flexibility as possible given that the circumstances are not in any way the fault of the candidate,” the council said.
So what’s going to happen for those with lost scores? The LSAC has scheduled a retake exam, and promises those scores will be available in a week or less. Plus affected individuals are getting their July exam fees refunded (which seems like a bare minimum), and they’ll get four free law school reports.
Best of luck to those having to retake the exam. And let’s hope that the “changes in [their] online testing platform” LSAC is making really means this won’t happen again.
Kathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the best, so please connect with her. Feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).